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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Azure API Management

APIM is useful for the standard scenarios:
1) Securing your back-end APIs - If you have a legacy back-end web service that has a basic authentication scheme, you can add some additional security by placing APIM in front, and requiring subscription keys. Leverage your existing firewall to ensure only your APIM instance can communicate with your back-end API, and you've basically added a layer of protection.
2) Lift and shift - there are always going to be clients that don't want to update their clients to use a newer API; in some cases you can make a newer API look like an older one by implementing some complex policies in APIM. You can also do the opposite, making older APIs look new, such as making an XML back-end accept both JSON and XML.
3) Centralizing your APIs - if you've acquired another company and want to make their API set look as if it's a part of the larger whole, APIM is an easy way to provide a consistent front-end interface for developers.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)

Well suited for publishing internal services with very high security, protecting against attacks, and managing on-demand load. Also good for transform messages and SQL to Rest services.Not appropriate for business logic implementation.
Leonardo Villa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

API Management

Azure API Management
8.3
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
8.6
API access control
Azure API Management
8.2
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
9.0
Rate limits and usage policies
Azure API Management
9.1
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
10.0
API usage data
Azure API Management
8.2
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
9.0
API user onboarding
Azure API Management
9.2
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
7.0
API versioning
Azure API Management
8.2
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
8.0
Usage billing and payments
Azure API Management
7.1
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
7.0
API monitoring and logging
Azure API Management
8.1
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
10.0

Pros

Azure API Management

  • Easy commissioning of APIs.
  • Great policies to control access.
  • Easy mock services for testing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)

  • SOAP to Rest / Rest to SOAP web services transformation.
  • Secure authorization and authetication (JWT, OpenIP Connect, OAuth, SAML and more). WASP Features as injection protection.
  • Easy rule writing without coding.
Leonardo Villa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure API Management

  • Lack of robustness is a bit of an issue. Several other providers offer more options and capabilities, but then, they are lacking in interface ease.
  • As with anything Azure, pricing is really hard to stay on top of. I always find that you really don’t know what you’re paying for until you get the bill. Having an excellent Azure Administrator can help resolve that.
  • Integrating with app services outside of Azure can be a challenge, or at least much more challenging than just using Azure App Services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)

  • It would be nice to have an integration with services like Github for managing projects and versions.
Leonardo Villa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Azure API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The Layer7 API Management is a great solution, but, sometimes the documentation is not clear or has lack of examples.
Leonardo Villa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Azure API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
The support team is good and the response time is reasonable, but (there is always a but), when support inquiries are made by someone experienced, and the question is not trivial, it is boring and takes a long time to get the case escalated to the next level of support.
Leonardo Villa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Azure API Management

Azure APIM vs Amazon API Gateway:
1) Azure APIM was a complete package that included a developer portal.
2) We are very Microsoft centric - so the Microsoft product suite aligned very well with our business needs.
3) It was faster and easier to stand up Azure APIM for testing than it was for the Amazon API Gateway.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)

We evaluated 3 tools and decided on Layer7 API Management because it had the shortest implementation times and fastest learning curve, without losing power of customization and scalability.
Leonardo Villa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure API Management

  • We have one-stop access to all services.
  • We can stop DDoS, Man in the middle attack, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)

  • Very fast implementation and is easy to learn & use.
Leonardo Villa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure API Management

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure API Management
8.1
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
9.0

Usability

Azure API Management
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
8.0

Support Rating

Azure API Management
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management)
8.0

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